Disney World can be a really expensive trip for a family. After you get done paying for airline tickets, hotel rooms, park tickets and meals, you still have all the must have souvenirs your kids ask for.
Disney World is the master at $15 balloons, $35 t-shirts and many more items that will make your jaw drop. We’re not the best at putting our kids on a budget for special trips like Disney World, but we’ve gotten better about it.
For those of us who are Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members, a 20% discount on retail shopping at Disney World is a huge plus for our wallets. Announced as part of the 45th anniversary celebration at Disney World, this discount has no published expiration date that I can find.
The only catch is that if you purchased your DVC membership from a 3rd party (i.e. not from Disney) after April 4, 2016, you won’t be eligible. We have multiple contracts with DVC, some of which we bought directly when we first entered the program. And, boy, we’re we happy to use the 20% discount on our recent trip to Disney World.
The discount covers a wide variety of shops both in the parks and at Disney Springs. For example, we received 20% off Disney merchandise sold at Starbucks (though not a discount on food items).
In case you’re not familiar with Disney Vacation Club, think of it as a Disney timeshare. I plan to go into more detail in a future post, but I’m happy to answer questions if you’re interested in the interim. There’s a big after-market for DVC contracts that can save quite a bit of money. But, Disney has gotten smarter by restricting some of the newer benefits to only those members who buy their contract directly from Disney.
Saving Money At Disney Is All About Stacking
There are no silver bullets to save lots of money at Disney World. It’s about finding small discounts where you can and combining them to add up to bigger savings. Buying discounted Disney gift cards is a good one I’ve spoken about a bit in the past.
Whether it’s saving money buying part tickets at AAA or using your DVC membership to save 20% on those things your kids just have to have, make sure you’re using all the discounts available to you.
As with any discount, there are restrictions. Here are the full T&C:
Discount does not apply to Walt Disney World Resort Operating Participant locations, including but not limited to: China, Japan and Morocco Pavilions at World Showcase in Epcot®; Arribas Brothers; Basin®; Basin White; Cirque du Soleil®; Curl® by Sammy Duvall; Ghirardelli® Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop; House of Blues®; The LEGO® Store; LittleMissMatched®; ORLANDO HARLEY-DAVIDSON®; Pop Gallery; Rainforest Cafe®; Rubio Balloon Arts; Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre; Sosa Family Cigars; Something Silver®; Splitsville Luxury LanesTM, Sunglass Icon®; Surrey Bike Rentals; T-REX; Wyland Galleries; The Disney Store; Disney’s Character Premiere; Disney’s Character Warehouse; Cast Connection and any other locations or kiosks that are not owned and operated by the owners of Walt Disney World Resort.
Not valid on previous purchases or on purchase of ticket media, gift certificates, Disney Gift Cards, Park admission, arcades, Disney Dollars, tobacco, alcohol, outdoor vending (e.g., in-Park balloon vendors, glow vendors), Add-a-Dollar (Wildlife Conservation Fund), postage stamps, rentals (e.g., strollers, Electronic Convenience Vehicles), personalization, Disney PhotoPass+, Disney PhotoPass® Online, Disney Store Online, framed Disney Dollars, Artist Sketch Program (original art), original or consignment art, newspapers/periodicals, videos, DVDs, CDs, sundries, pantry/prepared foods, digital/video/disposable cameras, consumer electronics, Titleist® and Cobra® golf equipment, National-branded fragrances, treatments and cosmetics, Lladró, Armani, Hummel, Swarovski® Crystal, Walt Disney Classics Collection, select collectible originals, select specialty items, handmade items, special orders, purchase-with-purchase offers, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and The Pirates League packages, shipping, or taxes, or on phone, email, online or mail-order purchases.
May not be combined with any other discount, offer, or promotion.
Discount is for personal use only and may not be used to purchase merchandise with the intent to resell the merchandise.
A valid Disney Vacation Club Membership Card and government-issued photo ID must be presented at time of purchase to receive discount.
This offer is part of Membership Extras. New purchasers after April 4, 2016 must purchase directly from Disney to have access to Membership Extras.
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